a guide to restaurant week
An international culinary experience that began in the late 1990s, Restaurant Week debuted in South Africa only in 2013 but has been a massive success ever since. This week-long event highlights 100 of SA's best restaurants and offers diners a festive opportunity to explore top eateries without breaking the bank: it's only R150 for a two-course lunch and R250 for a three-course dinner. Featuring establishments in Joburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, the Winelands and Durban, it offers the best of local cuisine, including the Eat Out top 10 nominees and exciting new places as well as older, well-loved establishments.
HOW IT WORKS
Restaurant Week runs from 20-30 April 2017. Bookings can be made here - be sure to reserve your spot early, they usually sell out fast. Plus, if you register as a VIP here, you'll get access to the latest information on participating restaurants, exciting promos and priority access to the booking system. Once you've made your reservations, simply enjoy your dining experience!
With so many restaurants to choose from, it can be a bit daunting, so we've compiled our 10 favourite spots to visit during the autumn edition of Restaurant Week.
Situated near Kalk Bay's picturesque working harbour, Live Bait offers sweeping views of the mountains and the sea – the perfect spot for a menu that celebrates the ocean's offerings. Expect fresh seafood, simply prepared.
An ultra-stylish and modern restaurant that fits right into its cosmopolitan Joburg setting, OneNINEOne's menu draws inspiration from cuisine around the world, imbuing each dish with a uniquely South African flair.
This family-owned eatery in the Cape Winelands specialises in German Gemütlichkeit (congeniality) in a beautiful garden setting. From cheese platters to traditional German and South African food, Delheim makes it easy to spend a whole day on its garden terraces, enjoying a break from the city.
A la Bouffe
A la Bouffe is a family-run establishment that brings French cuisine to Johannesburg, prepared by multi-award winning French chef patron Romuald Denesle. Jozi gastronomes can now savour Denesle's culinary skills, gleaned through years of working in a multitude of Michelin-starred restaurants.
In the heart of Durban's trendy Berea, Café 1999 offers a vibrant ambience and a delectable Mediterranean menu: Chef Marcelle Roberts' seasonal cuisine uses only the finest local and imported ingredients. With the ethos of sharing, Café 1999 is the place to go with friends and family.
Parisian-inspired steakhouse HQ is set in the midst of the urban sprawl of Cape Town. Housed in a national monument, it is effortlessly chic, with red leather seating, mirrored walls, and a moody atmosphere. HQ's simple menu is perfect for the urban sophisticate who just loves their steak and chips.
The Black Bamboo
Celebrating the synergy between food, wine and art, The Black Bamboo in Pretoria offers a world-class dining experience – as proven by its 2016 World Luxury Restaurant Award. The ever-changing à la carte menu takes its cue from international delicacies, but with a local twist, and a carefully selected wine list offers interesting options for every palate and occasion.
The Mess restaurant in Cape Town encourages a shared dining experience, with a menu that consists of a variety of shared, delicious dishes with influences from all over the world – making it ideal for a stylishly sociable night out.
A fusion of bistro-style and fine dining, we love the informal setting of Joburg's Café Hemingway's, complemented by an excellent selection of meals made from fresh local and organic ingredients. Pop in for a relaxing lunch on the deck, and stay for the sublime homemade cakes and desserts.
Burger & Lobster
Going back to the basics of restaurant culture, Burger & Lobster in Cape Town offers nothing but a burger, a lobster roll and fresh lobster. It's a refreshingly simple approach. Make sure to pair your meal of choice with a cocktail from its world-renowned cocktail bar.
Visit restaurantweek.co.za for more information and to make a booking.